The Best Emotional Games for Xbox Series X

Update, : Opus: Echo of Starsong - Full Bloom Edition added at rank #1.
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Opus: Echo of Starsong - Full Bloom Edition (2022)

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Mac OS Xbox Series X Xbox One PC Windows Nintendo Switch

Echo of Starsong is a visual novel style adventure game. Eda, a girl who can hear mysterious sound waves known as starsong, crosses paths with a young man in search of their source. Together, they venture out to the heart of space to unravel an ancient myth.


  • visual-novel
  • emotional
  • japanese
  • walking-simulator
  • soundtrack
  • resource-management
  • driven
  • fiction
  • space
  • 2.5d
  • adventure
  • story
  • exploration
  • interactive
  • anime

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Before I Forget (2020)

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Xbox Series X Xbox One Nintendo Switch Linux Mac OS PC Windows

Explore the present to uncover the past, in a short story of love and loss and a life well-lived.A narrative exploration that examines a world where memories are constantly fading and jumbled. A game about dementia and what happens when you can't hold onto the things you've done or the people you've loved.


  • walking-simulator
  • short
  • exploration
  • emotional
  • beautiful
  • mystery
  • narrative
  • atmospheric
  • first-person
  • thought-provoking
  • stylized
  • 3d
  • piano
  • colour
  • dream

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Sumatra: Fate of Yandi (2019)

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Xbox Series X PC Windows Nintendo Switch Playstation 5 Playstation 4 Xbox One

Lost and alone after a terrible landslide, Yandi must find his way home in this old-school point and click adventure set deep in the Sumatran jungle! Will he make it out alive?


  • investigation
  • point-and-click
  • emotional
  • thriller
  • nature
  • drama
  • psychological
  • story
  • old-school
  • pixel
  • mystery
  • 2d
  • exploration
  • atmospheric
  • puzzle

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Bai Qu: Hundreds of Melodies (2021)

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Nintendo Switch Xbox One PC Windows Mac OS Linux Playstation 5 Xbox Series X

While visiting his sick father, college student Wei Qiuwu accidentally encountered a girl playing a concertina. Until one day someone unveils to Wei Qiuwu the cruel truth hidden under a fairy-tale cover Features * A storyline of 8 to 12 hours, * Multiple routes and endings. * An extraordinary story, themed with love and caring in an ordinary slice of daily life.


  • 2.5d
  • philosophical
  • choices
  • emotional
  • multiple-endings
  • romance
  • visual-novel
  • beautiful
  • realistic
  • modern
  • anime
  • colourful
  • cute
  • story
  • atmospheric

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FAR: Changing Tides (2022)

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Playstation 4 Playstation 5 PC Windows Xbox Series X Xbox One Nintendo Switch

An atmospheric vehicle adventure that follows the emotional journey of a boy and his ship as he embarks on a voyage to find a new home.


  • 2.5d
  • atmospheric
  • post-apocalyptic
  • vehicle
  • action-adventure
  • emotional
  • puzzle
  • adventure
  • platform
  • stylized
  • hand-drawn
  • relaxing
  • warm-hearted
  • underwater
  • cross-section

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A Little Lily Princess (2016)

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Xbox Series X Xbox One Playstation 5 Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch Linux Mac OS PC Windows

Newly arrived at a boarding school in Victorian England, Sara Crewe uses her love of books and storytelling to build new relationships. But what happens to a fairy-tale princess when she loses everything?


  • romance
  • lgbtq
  • emotional
  • visual-novel
  • dating-sim
  • novel
  • multiple-endings
  • drama
  • anime
  • simulation
  • cute
  • book
  • story
  • resource-management
  • 2d

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Venus: Improbable Dream (2021)

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Mac OS Xbox Series X Xbox One Playstation 5 Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch PC Windows

Venus: Improbable Dream is an immersive visual novel experience focused on mental health and personal identity. Guide Kakeru’s decisions as he takes steps towards facing inner fears and reclaiming his life. Player choice affects how the narrative will progress, including special dialogue to discover for key scenes.


  • visual-novel
  • choices
  • emotional
  • multiple-endings
  • fiction
  • anime
  • romance
  • drama
  • narration
  • conversation
  • music
  • dark
  • interactive
  • casual

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The Prince of Landis (2021)

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Nintendo Switch Xbox One PC Windows Playstation 5 Xbox Series X

In the year 198X, young Evan must survive a bleak life in the snowy backwater of Landis, Oregon. One fateful day, his existence is forever changed by the dark influences of a strange visitor from another world. With the guidance of his new ally, can Evan stand up against schoolyard bullies? Will he have the courage to stand up for himself? The Prince of Landis combines the character-driven story and dialog of a visual novel with the exploration and puzzle-solving of an adventure game. Features: * Shocking character-driven story * 2d exploration and puzzle-solving * Original art and sound


  • character-driven
  • visual-novel
  • conversation
  • horror
  • exploration
  • emotional
  • point-and-click
  • 1980s
  • hand-drawn
  • choices
  • psychological
  • action-adventure
  • drama
  • crime
  • cartoony

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A Memoir Blue (2022)

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Xbox One Xbox Series X Playstation 4 Playstation 5 PC Windows Mac OS Nintendo Switch

A song from years ago triggers a flood of memories for champion swimmer Miriam. Embark on an evocative journey through her turbulent childhood and the complicated relationship she shared with her devoted mother.


  • fiction
  • interactive
  • emotional
  • casual
  • 3d
  • 2d
  • adventure
  • colourful
  • atmospheric
  • hand-drawn
  • story

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Evergate (2020)

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Nintendo Switch PC Windows Xbox Series X Playstation 5 Xbox One

Enter the afterlife. Overcome fate. Reclaim what was lost. This challenging puzzle platformer weaves a heart-warming story through stunning artwork, emotive music and genre-bending mechanics.


  • platform
  • 2d
  • hand-drawn
  • soundtrack
  • music
  • emotional
  • time
  • manipulation
  • linear
  • puzzle
  • child
  • colourful
  • story
  • boston
  • atmospheric

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